37 thoughts on “Jenny: Letting Go and Living It Up

  1. Walking around my backyard that was covered in 2 feet of snow a week ago and finding snowdrops and crocus in bloom! Plus, the tulips are on their way. Happy signs of spring.

    Getting ready to go for a walk with the dog and discovering it was too warm for a winter coat. It was still too wet not to wear boots so we had fun splashing through the melting snow and mud.

    Going out for lunch at work with my team – everyone came and it was nice to be out of the office and enjoy some casual conversation after several months of being crazy busy.

  2. mitchiewitch says:

    Getting through a rather difficult week still smiling and being rewarded at the end of it. My niece, who was scheduled for a C-section on Monday (her second) went into labor on Friday and was able to give birth vaginally – which made her very happy.
    Saturday morning was my bi-monthly pedicure appointment; my toes are a bright pink and feet are hydrated & smooth. Gotta love those paraffin treatments!
    Went to Whole Foods after pedicure and they had a beautiful lemon ricotta cheesecake (decorated with crystalized lemon slices & blueberries) on sale.

  3. JenniferNennifer says:

    Accomplished things at work and remembered to enjoy it.

    Took a walk with no coat!

    My new china is supposed to arrive Monday; enjoying the anticipation.

  4. Office Wench Cherry says:

    The True Facts YouTube videos that Jenny linked to on Argh. Too funny.

    Lots of moments of spontaneous laughter with Tall Boy over the last few days. Just pure, soul refreshing, giggling.

    Plans for the Calgary Comic Expo are coming together. 11 and Amy are going to be there!!!! Er, Matt Smith and Karen Gillian are going to be there!!!! My friends aren’t Whovians but I’ll ditch them for 11 and Amy.

  5. Lots of grandkid time and, like Susan M, did a dance of joy when I discovered the first crocus shoot this morning, much delayed and much welcome.

  6. Eileen A-W says:

    I’m trying to let go of the anger I feel at losing my sister on Friday. She was only 53, too young to leave us and not of her doing. An aneurysm took her. We definitely need to live each day as if it’s our last.

  7. Cathy M says:

    Eileen, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You must still be in shock. I hope that you, your family and friends all find strength in each other to help you through the grieving process. You are so right that we should all live each day as it comes.

    My best wishes that you find peace and happiness as you live each day.

  8. Carol says:

    Just got back from a short bike ride in the sun and looking at the cherry blossoms. Spring is here. Yeah.

    Granddaughters time was very joyful.

    Getting stuff done.

  9. I let go of anxiety over leaving my comfort zone to drive into the city, an area I’m not all that familiar with, to meet someone in person whom I’ve worked with online as volunteers for a charitable organization. I’m so glad I did.

  10. MJ says:

    So very sorry to hear this, Eileen. Sending you and your family warm thoughts as you begin the process of working your way toward peace.

  11. MJ says:

    Got my first haircut in six months. No longer look like I hoard cats.

    Am looking forward to a few days without the Internet. I plan to sleep, and to dream while I’m awake.

  12. Oh, Eileen, I’m so very sorry. I can’t imagine life without my sisters. Yes, you’re right 53 is too young and this is so unfair. It’s okay to be angry, baby, just don’t let it overtake you. And maybe find a way to release the anger that you know your sister would enjoy–stand out in the backyard and scream, kick something that can’t/won’t kick you back, pound on the bed–and talk to her. She knows you’re in pain, so feel her presence. Let the memories comfort you and allow yourself to grieve. We’re here, we’re always here.

  13. Attended my darling Dee’s son’s wedding and wept joyful tears to watch her dance with her newly married son. She worried so much she’d never get to see her boys marry and we’ve now got one down and two to go. She looked beautiful in spite of the monster growing inside her and it was a wondrous opportunity to thumb our noses at cancer.

    Skyping with Grandboy–he’s such a chatty, smart little guy. What fun!

    Plenty of work and that’s always a good thing!

    Making plans for Chicago North RWA’s Spring Fling coming up soon in Chicago-can’t wait!!

  14. Oh Eileen, I’m so sorry! If the anger needs to last for a bit, let it. Take all the time you need for all the feelings you need to feel. Take care of yourself.

  15. This most recent bout of depression is lifting more and more. I’m feeling lighter and better. I’m much better able to appreciate the sunny weather we are having.

    Having the house to myself for almost five days! Just me and the cat while the housemates are off for a short vacation.

    Realizing how clear and focused me mind is now, a big change from the last few years. This supplement my psych put me on (NAC — n-acetyl cysteine, and it’s awesome) has helped a lot with mental function, depression, and even seems to be helping me feel more energetic.

  16. I’m so, so sorry, Eileen. I can’t imagine life without my adopted sisters; the lost of somebody you’ve spent your entire life with must be devastating.

  17. Thea says:

    Oh my, oh heavens. So sorry for your loss. Aneurysm is a sneaky fokker. Condolences. If there is lesson to be taken, you have shared it.

  18. Thea says:

    SO grateful for antibiotics! and, yes, I have an infected tooth.

    Death bed proved not to be.

    Dogs shampooed by other than me, dried, gleaming.

    Bonus: Tour of a large formal-as-it-gets country rose garden. Not my style, impressive, delightful. Cookies were good too.

    Bonus bonus: We replicated the historic cocktail Brown Derby. Yum. I consider it medicinal.

  19. Micki says:

    It’s supposed to get up to 17C/62F today! Some of you won’t understand my excitement, but many days last summer, it only got up to 14 or 15. This is summertime temps! (Still cold in the building, though. Can’t wait until it’s warm inside and out, but then *some* people will feel like they are melting!)

  20. Big hugs, Eileen. I have two sisters and i can’t imagine losing either of them.

    May your memories help bring you glimmers of joy in the midst of the sorrow.

  21. After a long cold winter, it was 84 degrees (F) yesterday. In the evening, my circle came over for an early full moon get together and we were actually able to be outside!

    And my newest Llewellyn book, released two weeks ago, actually hit #1 on Amazon’s Witchcraft list, which had me dancing with joy. I probably won’t be writing any more of these (the last one is finished and will come out next year) because I’m turning my focus to fiction, so it was nice to have such an unexpected success. Joy behind me and hopefully, joy before me.

  22. Jill says:

    Eileen, I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your sister. I was with my sister this weekend and I cannot imagine the sense of loss you must feel.

  23. Jill says:

    Joyous day yesterday (Saturday)-grandson got married. Beautiful 82° day. Today 35 and some snow.

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